'Eternals' Is Now the First MCU Movie With a Rotten Tomatoes 'Rotten' Rating

Marvel fans have not been able to see Eternals yet, but critics have already made up their mind. The film has become the first picture Tin the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to receive a "Rotten" rating on the reviews aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

Though some critics have praised the movie for taking risks and trying to push the MCU forward, others have slammed its CGI-heavy set pieces and its sprawling storyline. Those critics have gone on to receive abuse on social media from Marvel fans defending the multi-billion dollar company.

Prior to the reviews embargo lifting last month, the lowest-rated MCU movie on Rotten Tomatoes was the maligned Thor sequel The Dark World, which currently has a rating of 66 percent "Fresh". The movie was one of only two MCU films to have a score in the 60s, with The Incredible Hulk at 67 percent.

Eternals, however, is a full 10 percent below Thor: The Dark World, with a current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 55 percent.

The movie's ratings has been falling steadily since the reviews embargo lifted. On October 25, the film had a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 75 percent, with Marvel fans being among the first to release their reviews of the new franchise entrant.

As the more established critics from newspapers and magazines filed their reviews, however, this rating started to slip. The film officially became the lowest-rated MCU movie on October 28, when it was rated 63 percent. Eternals then became the first MCU film to get a "Rotten" rating on November 2.

Though it is the lowest-rated MCU movie, there are recent Marvel movies outside of that canon to get lower grades. The 2018 Venom made by Sony, for example, is at 30 percent – though its sequel beats Eternals with a current rating of 60 percent.

Some examples of bad reviews received by Eternals include a two-star review filed by The Guardian's Steve Rose, who called some of the CGI "downright terrible." He later adds, "it's not exactly boring – there's always something new to behold – but nor it is particularly exciting, and it lacks the breezy wit of Marvel's best movies." Ann Hornaday at the Washington Post, meanwhile, called the film, directed by recent Best Director Oscar winner Chloe Zhao, "a Marvel Cinematic Universe origin story that suffers from all the baggy, convoluted drawbacks of the form."

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The cast of "Eternals." The film currently has a 55 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Marvel

There were, however, some good reviews from the top critics. Film magazine Little White Lies' David Jenkins, for example, gave the film four stars, asking the rhetorical question, "even if Zhao was only able to bring, at most, 50 per cent of her ethereal 'touch' to what would otherwise be an over-oiled corporate product, then that is most assuredly a reason to be cheerful, is it not?"

Though the majority of bad reviews written by critics on Rotten Tomatoes seemed to be in good faith, the story was different over at IMDB. Per The Direct, the film at one point had around 450 one-star ratings from members of the public, which were taken down due to the posters not having seen the movie. The outlet reports that many of these homophobic and racist in nature, with "reviewers" criticising the diverse cast and openly gay character featured in the movie.

Eternals is released in cinemas on Friday, November 5, when fans can decide for themselves where the film fits in their personal rankings of the MCU.